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Daily Archives: December 20, 2012

Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Dec. 18, 2012 on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Dec. 18, 2012 on Capitol Hill.

Plan B = Plan-Ex = Cliff, on the GPS

The House was supposed to vote tonight on Plan B. The House Republicans summoned a conference instead, and out came members saying: No vote. This was House Speaker John Boehner’s fall-back — the alternative to the fiscal cliff talks, his...

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Colleagues celebrate a successful landing inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

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Colleagues celebrate a successful landing inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

Best and Worst Workplaces: Government Plum-Jobs and Prunes

At NASA, they get to launch rockets. Little wonder it tops the list of big federal agencies where employees are happiest — at the top of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government in 2012, according to the...

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Four gay and lesbian Miami-Dade couples accompanied their lawyers to the clerk's office at the U.S. courthouse to file the first federal lawsuit challenging federal and state laws prohibiting same-sex marriages as a violation of the Constitution in this file photo.

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Four gay and lesbian Miami-Dade couples accompanied their lawyers to the clerk's office at the U.S. courthouse to file the first federal lawsuit challenging federal and state laws prohibiting same-sex marriages as a violation of the Constitution in this file photo.

Florida Poll Underscores Shifting Views on Same-Sex Unions

Back in May, just after President Barack Obama decided to finally come off the fence and endorse same-sex marriage, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott saw the move as a political mistake in his highly competitive state. “It will hurt the...

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A man places a plush doll at a makeshift memorial for Sandy Hook shooting victims on Dec. 19, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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A man places a plush doll at a makeshift memorial for Sandy Hook shooting victims on Dec. 19, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

Gun Control: Support Modestly Up Since Newtown Shootings

If there’s been a notable shift in Washington’s rhetoric about gun control since Newtown, public opinion has moved only modestly. Following the shooting of 20 children and six educators at a primary school in Connecticut last week, American opinion about...

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Trucks sit outside a row of temporary housing units for oil workers in Tioga, North Dakota.

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Trucks sit outside a row of temporary housing units for oil workers in Tioga, North Dakota.

North Dakota Fastest-Growing, Florida Closes in on New York

North Dakota, where an energy boom has produced the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, is adding people at a faster rate than any other state. That’s according to an estimate released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, which said today that...

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A Tea Party supporter from Brunswick, Georgia, stands outside the Supreme Court.

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A Tea Party supporter from Brunswick, Georgia, stands outside the Supreme Court.

Who Really Gave $12 Million to FreedomWorks Super-PAC?

Two groups advocating for stronger campaign finance laws, the Campaign Finance Institute and Democracy 21, have asked the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to look at two companies that contributed $12 million to the Tea Party-aligned FreedomWorks’ super-political action...

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Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama before a budget meeting at the White House.

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Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama before a budget meeting at the White House.

Obama: `Gone Halfway’ in Cliff Talks — Boehner: `They’ve Done Nothing’

“I did my part,” House Speaker John Boehner said today, holding his hand to his chest. “They’ve done nothing.” “I have gone at least halfway in meeting some of the Republicans’ concerns,” President Barack Obama maintained yesterday, in a brief...

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President Barack Obama attends a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 16, 2012.

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President Barack Obama attends a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 16, 2012.

Obama’s Approval at 56 Percent: Three-Year High, Post-Newtown

For all that’s happened lately, President Barack Obama has something going for him that he hasn’t seen in three years: 56 percent public approval for the job he’s performing. The Gallup tracking of the president’s job approval comes in at...

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Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill.

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Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill.

Hagel Grilling Before Any Nomination

Written with Laura Litvan Chuck Hagel is getting a grilling even before President Barack Obama says whether he’ll nominate the former Nebraska senator for secretary of defense. The Republican’s past comments opposing the troop surge during the Iraq war, questioning...

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